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The Ski Country Amateur Radio Club (SCARC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Colorado Corporation, based in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The Club covers a large portion of western Colorado, including Garfield, Pitkin, and Eagle counties.


SATURDAY, MAY 5     SKI COUNTRY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING
10:00 a.m. at the US Bank Meeting Room (North of Safeway) on 1901 Grand Avenue Glenwood Springs, CO
Meeting Agenda: Pat, KV0K, will be running the meeting this month.
- We will feature a video of the 2009 Desecheo Island K5D DX-pedition. Great video!
- We may have to postpone the VE FCC testing this Saturday due to all our volunteers being out of town for spring vacation etc. I have 2 VEs lined up. If we do not find a 3rd, please attend the May Antenna Meeting or give me a call and we can arrange a test at our Tuesday morning breakfast meetings at 8 am at the Village Inn in Glenwood.
- Repeater status updates and suggested improvements - N6HUQ
- Show and tell; bring your new radio, test gear, computer hardware etc., tell us how HF operating and contesting is going, if you put up new antennas etc. Demo your latest iPhone or Droid APP
-  May Antenna Extravaganza Meeting discussion
Note re Baofeng HT Programming:  If you have a new Baofeng HT and would like to get it programmed, bring it to the meeting on Saturday and we'll help you get it setup! Last month, SCARC had 3 requests to program new Baofeng HT's.  SCARC will have Baofeng software and programming cables available at the meeting!


LeRoy - KB0RCI - Silent Key‏

     Death always has that element of disbelief. LeRoy Snyder (KB0RCI) passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014. His family was with him at St. Mary's Hospital at the time. Our sympathy is extended to his family Bonnie Lee (mother), son Richard and one brother.
     LeRoy was licensed in February of 1995. He was the most active volunteer with the Ski Country Amateur Radio Club. He participated in most public service communication events from the Owl Creek Chase in the winter (Cross Country Skiing) to the Bike Ride for the Cure each summer. I'm sure that Navy cap he wore built that volunteer spirit!
     LeRoy loved to build antennas and experiment. One of my early memories was LeRoy bringing his son, Richard, to a Ham Radio Field Day when he 12. It was a pleasant surprise to see Richard attend our club's breakfast this morning. He is now working as an electronics technician in Yakima Washington. It gets better. He is studying for his Tech license. He will be using LeRoy's equipment and call in the near future.
    We miss you LeRoy! SK

MARK THESE DATES . . .

April 5 (Sat) Club Meeting at US Bank 10:00 am-1:00 pm, FCC Testing

April 5
(Sat) Longmont LARCfest - Longmont, CO

April 19 (Sat) Sheridan Swapfest - Sheridan, WY

May 10
(Sat) Potluck-Foxhunt-Antenna Party, FCC Testing

May 17 (Sat) Communications for MS Walk in Glenwood Canyon, check-in at 7:30 a.m. walk starts at 9:30 am, VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

June 20-22 Field Day Weekend in Missouri Heights, FCC Testing

July (tba) Mountaon Top Repeater Site Meeting & Potluck - Highlands site?

July 11-13 Mountain Top Repeater Site Meeting & Potluck

July 26 (Sat) Pikes Peak Megafest - Monument, CO

August 8-10 New Mexico State Convention - Albuquerque, NM

August 16 (Sat) Communications for Ride for the Cure (Aspen/Snowmass) VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

September (Sat-date to be announced) Club Meeting US Bank 10:00 am-1:00 pm, FCC Testing

September 13 (Saturday) Pueblo Hamfest - Pueblo, CO

October (Sat) Club Meeting at US Bank 10:00 am-1:00 pm, FCC Testing

October 18-19 Boy Scout Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), world wide event

November (Sat-date to be announced) Club Meeting US Bank 10:00 am-1:00 pm, FCC Testing

December 20 (Sat) Annual Potluck Christmas Party


DUES ARE DUE!

Membership runs from January 1-December 31. Dues are $35 per individual/$40 per family/$10 per student. Dues have not been raised in 15+ years. Thanks to Larry Gerbaz (K0CL), our Treasurer, for handling our Club finances. Please make checks payable to SCARC and mail to:
     SCARC
     PO Box 302
     Carbondale, CO 81623


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CHECK OUT OUR BLOG . . .

ABOUT OUR BLOG
Pete (N0ECT) set up a blog for our Club at http://K0RV.Wordpress.com This is a great place to view and to post pictures, photos, articles, videos, whatever! To post content please contact Pete Buckley at SkierInAvon@Yahoo.com


NEWS FROM OUR CLUB . . .

2014 YUMA HAMFEST

Eleventh Prize: Kenwood TM-V71A
Winner: Fred Scully (K0VK), Woody Creek, Colorado

Fred is from Colorado but is a regular in the Yuma area during the winter, when he likes to dry camp in a small motorhome. He is also a dirt biker. Fred holds an extra class license.


CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW TECH  BEN THORNAL (KD0YWJ)

Pictured above are Phil (N0KE), Ben (KD0YWJ) and Bob (K9MWM) Congratulations, Ben, from the Ski Country ARC VE Team!


CONGRATULATIONS TO GENERAL UPGRADES BETTY & DAVID RAHN

Pictured above are Larry (K0CL), Betty (KD0YDH), Bob (K9MWM) David (KD0WQC) and Bryan (N0THY)  Congratulations, Betty and David, from the Ski Country ARC VE Team!


UPDATES FROM BOB LUDKE & GERRY HITTINGER AS OF 12/8/2013

REPEATERS
Snowmass #1 (67) is working as a stand-alone. The 440 link transmitter sending to Sunlight died, although the receiver was still working. Bob Ludtke, Jess Craig and Gerry Hittinger went up and checked things out and brought it down for repair. We also have an intermittent noise problem, a loud rasping buzz that is evidently a mixing problem; it is only present when someone is transmitting into 67 and disappears when the user’s carrier drops out. We are trying to locate the source of the interference.  We would appreciate it if people living/working up-valley would monitor 67 as much as they can and take note of what time of day they hear the interference and when they don’t. This might help in figuring out what is causing it.

#2 Lookout is now on the air from Bob Ludtke’s house. Bob is awaiting the delivery of a new 450 antenna to improve the link signal.

ECHOLINK

Echolink is now back on the air from Ken Rahn, KB0HP ’s house. 

ANVIL POINTS
Bob (KD0WQB) and Jim (KD0WAJ) will do an attempted run up to the Anvil Points repeater site this Friday. Snowmobiles? We will know soon. The batteries need topping off at the solar site as well as some old batteries need hauling out for recycling. Thanks guys!

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RALLY THE VALLEY
Thanks to all who provided ham radio communications support for the Cancer Center fundraiser on September 21. This is our second year helping out at this bike ride event. Everything went very smoothly, including the weather (it rained last year)!

Gerry Hittinger (N6HUQ) was Net Control and is pictured here. Spread over the course were Bryan Frank (N0THY), Ken Rahn (KB0HP), Leroy Snyder (KB0RCI), Richard Todd (K4ULD) and Joe Sprick (AD0CF).


NEW COOLING FAN INSTALLED AT SNOWMASS REPEATER SITE

On September 20, Ken and Betty Rahn and Gerry Hittinger drove to the Snowmass repeater site and installed a new fan. Ken and Betty's four wheel drive jeep was a huge help on the rough terrain.

Gerry designed the new fan, which reverses the air flow, sucking cool air in from outside and letting it blow into the room through the vents in the closet. He removed the flapper on the dryer type outlet on the outside of the building and replaced it with a piece of screen ("mouse guard"!). They also installed a thermostat, now set to 80 degrees, which can easily be adjusted.





















HAM TESTING AT THE SEPTEMBER MEETING

VE Bob (K9MWM), Dave Rahn (KD0WQC) new Tech, VE Bryan (N0THY), VE Fred (K0VK), Brent Williams (KD0WAK) General upgrade, Bob Glenn (KD0WQB) new Tech, and Jim Legg (KD0WAJ) General upgrade. Congratulations to all those who tested!


SUNLIGHT REPEATER SITE REFURBISHING

Many thanks to those who helped put new siding on our Sunlight repeater building. The before and after pictures show what a huge difference!


ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL RIDE FOR THE CURE (8-17-13)
(click here for pictures)

The first annual Susan G. Komen Aspen Ride for the Cure took place in September, 2005, and SCARC was there.  The City of Aspen Events Coordinator worked with the Komen-Aspen organization to plan and coordinate the Ride, and they contacted Joe Tuminaro, K6JFT, who lived in Aspen, and asked him to coordinate the communications.  He set up a communications plan, and SCARC volunteers manned the sag wagons and the aid stations.  Joe soon moved back to California, but Komen Aspen has continued to rely on SCARC for Ride communications every year since.

We had 15 hams and 2 spouses volunteer this year:
-  Sue N0DBY and Bob K9MWM worked at Net Control
-  Sag Wagons were manned by:
        Steve W0SRG
        Stan KR7C
        Gerry N6HUQ
        Bryan  N0THY
        Charles AC0UY accompanied by 4 year old Merrick
-  Aid Stations were manned by
        Christine K0ALT and Mike
        Bob KI0G
        Richard K4ULD and Bridget
        Liam KD0HDF
        Bill KD0VOY
        Rob K0ALN
        Trish N6SUM
        LeRoy KB0RCI

Thanks to all the above volunteers, the Ride went very smoothly. Problems at aid stations were communicated and quickly addressed. Sag wagons and aid stations dealt with the few bike failures and minor injuries speedily and efficiently. We managed to account for all the Ride participants and break down aid stations as the Ride progressed.

The Ride started at 7:30 AM, and the final rider arrived at the finish line at Wagner Park by 5:30 PM, the earliest ever finish for the Ride. Komen Aspen has had a lot of personnel changes over the nine years we've been helping with the Ride. But every year the Ride coordinator has gratefully acknowledged our help in keeping the riders safe and the Ride on target. Thanks again to all the volunteers who helped this year. Hope to have even more volunteers for future Rides.

Sue N0DBY

ANTENNA REFURBISHING
On Tuesday, July 23, a group led by N0NHJ spent the day refurbishing the Snowmass repeater installation in the Ski Patrol shack in the basement of the UP 4 Pizza at the top of the Big Burn ski area at Snowmass.

The main 2M antenna was replaced, most of the cable connectors were replaced with N connectors, and Polyphaser lightning arrestors were installed on all the cables where they enter the repeater closet.

Hopefully, we now have a more robust installation, more resistant to lightning strikes up there at the top of Snowmass.



Interior of the building (Up 4 Pizza) with a view of the closet where our equipment is housed. Antenna cables with Polyphasers and 2M duplexer is shown.


FIELD DAY 2013 A GREAT SUCCESS!
We all had a great time at Field Day this year; 47 people attended and our overall score was 6236 (as compared to 5858 in 2012). Many thanks to everyone who helped with set-up, take-down, food and working the stations for 24 hours. Special thanks to Prentice (K0VXP) for arranging to let us use such a beautiful venue each year

Not only did we beat our 2012 score, but we also had the largest test session ever, with 7 individuals testing (see pictures below). Congratulations to all!

Field Day 2013

Tom Hazard from Basalt (new Tech)

Bob Montgomery from Marble (new General)

Kris Shechter from Aspen (new Tech)

Joe Stearns from Eagle (new Tech)


FIELD DAY 2013

VE Pete (N0ECT)

VE Bob (K9MWM)

Brent Williams from Parachute (new Tech)

Jim Legg from Silt (new Tech)

VE Jess (W6CKC)  











MS WALK
Thanks to Trish (N6SUM), Charles (AC0UY), Richard (K4ULD), LeRoy (KB0RCI) and Gerry (N6HUQ - not pictured) for providing communications support to the MS Walk in Glenwood Canyon on May 18. Despite rain showers, the event went off without a hitch!

THANK YOU TO PAT & DIANTHA!
Many thanks for hosting our annual Foxhunt Potluck Party at your lovely home. As usual, a great time was had by all!

















MAY 11 - NEW TECHS

Congratulations to Carmen, Bob, Brian and Bill for passing their tech test at the Foxhunt Party.
















MARCH 9, 2013 MEETING
Thanks to Richard (K4ULD/G4ULD) for his program at the March meeting. Pete (N0ECT) and Frank (N0AFO) did a great presentation on "free"phone communication. Thanks to Larry (K0CL) and Steve (K0GUZ) fortheir behind the scenes work securing a new contract with one of our tenants up at Sunlight. That rent helps the club finances.

MARCH MEETING






















THANK YOU

Thanks to all who worked on the Owl Creek Chase in Aspen. Sue, N0DBY, was net control. Many thanks to the following for volunteering their time and equipment. Steve (W0SRG), Clark (K3NI), Bill (N0MID), Debbie (KD0IRH), Rob (K0ALN), Charles (AC0UY), LeRoy (KB0RCI), Phil (N6VOD) and Bob (K9MWM).

CONGRATULATIONS & WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Welcome to our new members, Ken Rahn (KB0HP) from Rifle, Tim Stull (KD0TKM) from McCoy and Pierre (AL70C) from Alaksa. We have two new Techs  - Steve Legro (KD0UCU) & Dane Hilgenfeld (KD0UCV).




GOT MANUALS?
We like to keep Technician, General or Extra Class license manuals in circulation. Bob (k9mwm) constantly gets requests for them and it is nice to hand one out rather than have someone wait or procrastinate in ordering one. Please donate recent manuals to Bob (k9mwm).


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